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Nationals' Bryce Harper sinks Phillies with walk-off home run

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Damon Campbell | 18 April, 2017, 02:46

It follows a similar trend to last season. "That resulted in throwing a few more pitches than I wanted to and needed to".

Because that didn't happen, and because the Phillies (3-7) aren't really into scoring multiple runs (except the odd 17-run game here or there), they have dropped four games in a row. Bundy continued his promising start to the season by tossing six scoreless innings with six strikeouts. His reaction was one of qualified relief, an uneasiness at the circumstances that almost sunk his Nationals again, a gratitude for the player who pulled them out of the fire at the last possible moment. He was 0-for-3 and does not have a hit this year in four at-bats.

His dramatic three-run homer won a back-and-forth game and soured the Phillies' train ride to NY. He faced the Nationals twice in 2016.

Chris Heisey, making his first start this season, homered in the seventh. "It is his (Gomez's) job now to give us multiple innings".

There's a little jab there too from the Nationals to the Phillies, but that's par for the course with these rivals.

MIAMI - Pinch hitter J.T. Riddle hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lead Miami over NY. And thanks to Bryce Harper, they did. The veteran lefty threw 177 1/3 innings and had a rotten 4.57 ERA. The bullpen has given up a major-league high 10 homers this season. Now he's 31 years old and firmly further down in the Nats' rotation.

Kelvin Herrera (1-0) pitched a flawless ninth to get the victory.

Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (1-0), Sunday's scheduled starter, has struck out 13 in 13 innings while allowing one earned this season.

Washington managed only four hits against Hellickson over seven innings. "We're competing. A lot of it has to do with the pitching".

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While Gonzalez won't keep up a 0.69 ERA for long, he tends to hold Phillies in check.

Freddy Galvis drove in Altherr two batters later to give the team the lead. This is one of the times the Phillies' miss Darin Ruf.

Eaton and Rendon hit consecutive doubles in the bottom half off Eickhoff, who allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.

The Phillies took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on a two-out RBI single by Cesar Hernandez off Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg. Eickhoff made quick work of Gonzalez and Eaton to begin the inning, but then Rendon extended the inning by legging out an infield single. He improved to 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA this year. The Mets are 29-12 against the Phils since the start of 2015.

After his second home run of the game bailed the Washington Nationals out of another late-inning debacle, Bryce Harper did not jog into the mosh pit at home plate, nor did he skip, as others have before him. Nevertheless, it likely wouldn't have done much else to help the Nationals. "You don't want to play extras". This one was another two-run blast that ended an extra innings affair in the 13th. This is all to say, the new back-end of the bullpen has the potential to be a force.

The Phillies had them right where they wanted them, if they had had a bullpen, especially after an Aaron Altherr double led off the ninth. Closer Joaquin Benoit got both of them again in the ninth inning en route to a save.

Kevin Pillar hit a two-run homer in the ninth for Toronto against Vidal Nuno. His batting line after Saturday is just.195/.261/.366.

Nationals: Baker said SS Trea Turner, who was put on the disabled list Monday with a right hamstring strain, has resumed hitting in addition to receiving treatment. The second-year middle infielder is solid in the field but has struggled to produce at the plate this morning.

Although Mackanin added, "I could have sent him back out for one more (inning)", he admitted, "I'm trying to be careful with him".

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